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Cheltenham Christmas lights switch-on event


Cheltenham Christmas lights switch-on event

Full details have been revealed of the spectacular Christmas lights switch-on event coming to Cheltenham on Saturday November 23.

Inspired by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, three switch-on parades starting at 4.30pm will see giant ghost puppets weave through town to join Scrooge and Father Christmas to tell this famous Christmas tale of redemption and hope.
Now is the time to choose which ghost to follow.

Will it be Lady G, the Ghost of Christmas Past, starting at Cambray Place? Notes of compassion embody this ghost, join Christmas Past for poems of hope.

Or Mr P, the Ghost of Christmas Present, starting at The Brewery Quarter? Watch Christmas Present unwrap gifts of wisdom, up front and honest for grown-ups and children.

Or what about Spectre C, the Ghost of Christmas Future, who will start his journey in Montpellier Street? He’s here to show what fun and delight Mr Scrooge will have if he changes his life.

The parades will end with the three friendly ghosts meeting outside The Queen’s Hotel for a final showdown with Scrooge. Will the festive spirit win through? Will Scrooge learn the importance of kindness and is there hope for him yet?
The story will end with the light switch-on as Father Christmas takes to the stage to turn on the dazzling festive lights and bring Christmas to Cheltenham.

The event is being run by Cheltenham BID, who are again adding to the spread of Christmas Lights in the town this year, with a new display in Winchcombe Street.

Kevan Blackadder, Director of Cheltenham BID, said: “Cheltenham is going to have more Christmas lights than ever before, and we’ve again worked with Montpellier-based Evenlode Productions on the switch-on event. It’s going to be a spectacular event for all the family.”

As well as the switch-on, Cheltenham will be hosting a special late-night shopping event from 5 - 8pm on Thursday 5 December.

Run by the BID and supported by Cheltenham Borough Council and Stagecoach, there will be free parking in all CBC car parks and free bus travel on Stagecoach services within the town and from both park and ride sites from 1pm.
The event will see a host of entertainers including carol singers, a brass trio and a Christmas magician, to keep busy shoppers entertained whilst they enjoy some festive retail. The evening will see many town centre shops staying open until 8pm.

For more information, the latest updates about the lights switch-on and Christmas activities around Cheltenham see www.visitcheltenham.com


Explore Gloucestershire
7 November 2019


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